PEOPLE in the Midhurst and Rogate area are being urged to show their support for faster broadband after West Sussex County Council received approval for its broadband improvement plans and the government released £6.26m to fund them.
“The West Sussex local broadband plan paves the way for the procurement of a supplier to put in the necessary infrastructure which will provide access to better broadband across the county,” said deputy council leader Lionel Barnard.
To ensure the best commercial arrangement could be made with a supplier, and they could see the demand, he was calling on residents to show how much support there was for better broadband.
“It will boost business, reduce social isolation and enhance our way of life,” he said.
“I want everyone to fill in a demand registration form to pledge their support.”
“We know more than 2,000 people have already registered, but there are areas where responses haven’t been so strong – in particular around Midhurst and Rogate.
“These are the some of places which would benefit massively from access to improved broadband being installed.”
Three of the last four non-digital exchanges in England at Sutton, Plaistow and East Marden are getting a £30,000 boost from Chichester District Council (CDC) to ensure they are ready for broadband.
Cllr Myles Cullen, CDC’s cabinet member for economy, said better broadband would give people a greater choice of providers and reduce the cost they pay for broadband.
People can register demand at www.westsussex-betterconnected.org.uk or by going to a local library or help point and completing a form.